February 29, 2016
Press Release


Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) helped introduce the National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges.  This legislation would create a digital security commission to discuss and recommend proposals on how law enforcement approach investigations without undermining constitutional privacy protections or American competitiveness.

The bill was sponsored by Congressman Mike McCaul (TX) and co-sponsored by Democrats Ted Lieu (CA), Susan DelBene (OR), James Langevin (RI), Jerry McNerney (CA), Eric Swalwell (CA) and Kathleen Rice (CA) as well as Republicans Pat Meehan (MI), Ryan Costello (PA) Blake Farenthold (TX), Mike Bishop (MI), Will Hurd (TX), Daniel Donovan (NY), and Barbara Comstock (VA).

“Strong national security and a strong economy requires strong encryption.   As an original co-sponsor of the bill to create a Congressional Digital Security Commission, I hope that this bill will enable us to move forward with a bipartisan, thoughtful conversation between industry, privacy/consumer advocates and law enforcement on the importance of weaving encryption and digital security into our democratic society.  The commission of experts has the opportunity to examine policy solutions to law enforcement concerns while protecting American security, competitiveness and privacy. 
“The critical issues in this debate--which will affect our lives for years to come--should be decided by the American people, stakeholders and Congress with the assistance of experts, not by an unelected magistrate judge interpreting a law first passed in 1789.  It is time the FBI and DOJ withdraw their coercive demands of Apple and allow the democratic process to work.”